• Rotary Year: 2016-2017
  • Application Date: 5/28/2016
  • Club Name (Primary): Danville-Riverview
  • Club Name 2: Danville
  • Club Name 3: Chatham
  • Project Name: Malcolm Huckabee Backpacks Project
  • Project Total Cost: $18,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $9,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The Malcolm Huckabee Backpacks Program is sponsored by God’s Storehouse Food Pantry. This program has served students attending Woodberry Hills Elementary School since 2013. The primary program objective is to improve students’ capacity to concentrate and learn by combating food insecurity over the weekend. Nutritious, non-perishable food is distributed to students for the weekends when they cannot receive school meals. Through the Backpacks Program, students receive two breakfasts, two lunches, two dinners, and two snacks. The program began with 66 Kindergarteners, and due to its data-supported positive impact on students’ behavior, now serves 296 students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.
    Three Area 7 Rotary Clubs, Danville-Riverview, Danville, and Chatham, will partner with God’s Storehouse to help sustain this feeding program with a collaborative district grant for the 2016-2017 school year. The aggregate participation of these three Rotary Clubs will contribute substantially to the program’s capacity through its monetary and hands-on support. The main program expense is $6.35 per bag of food, with an annual cost per student per year of $216. To increase capacity, God’s Storehouse recently mailed a request for support to approximately 500 donors, has started a GoFundMe page, and has applied for additional grant funding for the Backpacks Program. The three Rotary Clubs will form a Collaborative Grant Committee to implement and monitor the program, and identify and coordinate Rotarian volunteers and work schedules.
    As importantly, the clubs will create community awareness about systemic poverty through the implementation of one or more poverty simulations offered by the Virginia Cooperative Extension. This simulation is intended to sensitize participants to the realities faced by citizens living in poverty, and through awareness raising build capacity at God’s Storehouse. The three clubs are looking forward to the opportunity to serve together to support this collaborative project.
  • Expected Start Date: 9/25/2016
  • Expected End Date: 5/7/2017
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 240
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: The city of Danville has a 41% child poverty rate. God’s Storehouse, which distributed 1,014,860 pounds of food to low-income individuals and families in 2015, seeks to address this challenge through the Malcolm Huckabee Backpacks Program. The program combats food insecurity by ensuring children have access to food over the weekend. Since 2013, students at Woodberry Hills Elementary School, in Danville, Virginia, have benefited from the Malcom Huckabee Backpack Program, which is named for a compassionate Rotarian and former Danville citizen. Woodberry Hills was selected for the program because 90% of its students were receiving free and/or reduced lunch indicating a large number of children living in poverty. This vital program has steadily increased in number of students served due to its positive outcomes related to improved student behavior. Data from the program demonstrates that this program enhances students’ attention spans, lessens irritability due to hunger, and decreases visits to the school nurse by the students. Teachers report that the children are not returning to school on Mondays anxious and hungry. The food items are carefully chosen to fit the needs of the children. Food has to be non-perishable, easy for even the youngest to handle, require no or minimal preparation and be as nutritious as possible. The community benefits when service organizations join forces to meet the fundamental needs of the less fortunate. Maternal and child health and well-being are a primary area of focus for Rotarians globally. This collaborative feeding program will bring this priority greater attention in our community. God’s Storehouse seeks to expand this program within the public school system, and Rotary’s partnership will boost program capacity.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 250
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Multiple hands-on activities are components of this project including packing food into individual bags, loading vehicles and delivering food to the school(s), distributing the bags of food to students, administering surveys, stocking shelves, and inventory management. Packing takes approximately 45 minutes on Thursday evenings and requires about 10 people to accomplish. Delivery on Fridays requires about 4 people and takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. The Rotary clubs, however, have the opportunity to serve at other times during the week with other volunteer groups that support the backpacks program, if the Thursday evening/Friday lunchtime schedule is not convenient. The flexibility of the volunteer times makes this project accessible to all of our members.
    While the costs of the poverty simulations would be covered through additional partnerships as opposed to this district grant, there are volunteer opportunities related to the simulation. Volunteers serve as community agencies and assist “clients” in the simulations.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: We anticipate publicizing the project and informing the public of Rotary’s contribution as a sponsor through the Danville Register & Bee, Showcase magazine, local television, God’s Storehouse and Rotary Facebook pages and websites, and social media in general.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Three Area 7 Rotary Clubs: Danville-Riverview, Danville, and Chatham, will be cooperating with God’s Storehouse, a local food pantry.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: District Grants Committee Support - Jones.pdf, District Grants Committee Support - Harris.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See budget upload - attached
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee budget upload - attached

    Note the costs of the poverty simulations are to included in the budget as those costs will be covered by additional partnerships.
  • Budget Upload: Grant-Budget.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Alexis Ehrhardt
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President Nominee, Riverview Rotary; Co-Chair, Collaborative Grant Committee
  • Primary Contact Email: alexis.i.ehrhardt@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 434-791-7212
  • Financial Contact Name: Brandon Atkins
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer, Riverview Rotary
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    P.O. Box 3504
    Danville, VA 24543
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  • Financial Contact Email: alexis.i.ehrhardt@gmail.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 434-250-9896
  • Project Authorization Form: Binder1.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: Mailing Infographic.jpeg
  • Grant Number1617-B
  • Grant Award$9,000.00